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Crate Training FAQs

What size crate should I buy?

The general rule is your dog should be able to stand up and turn around comfortably. 

For a puppy you should purchase a crate with dividers (your puppy will grow). Your puppy needs to have enough room to stand up and turn around as well with the addition "no potting in the crate".

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How long should I leave my new puppy?

The age of the puppy will determine how long you can leave them. I personally think that a good rule is one hour per month of age up to 8 months, but no longer than 8 hours without potty breaks.

How long can I leave an adult dog in a crate?

Depending on the size of your dog will depend on how long it will "hold it". Do not expect a Chihuahua to hold it as long as a Labrador. From my personal experience small, house trained dogs can hold it for 4-5 hours, medium dogs5-7 hours and larger dogs 8-10 hours (although this is not recommended). I am no expert and recommend seeking other opinions.



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